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Effective: Summer 2013

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: THTR 20A.
Advisory: Advisory: THTR 38, 43A, 43B, 43C, 43D; concurrent enrollment in THTR 81.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Upon completion of this course, students will have accessed multiple methods and approaches, employing a cross section of movement and vocal based skills, towards the challenges of embodying complex characterizations for performance.
  • Upon completion of this course students will have engaged comprehensive preparation and performance strategies, producing increased embodying confidence in performance, highly applicable to industry employment.
Description -
An advanced actor training course intended for students developing encompassing strategies towards pursuing realistic depiction of scripted characters offering extraordinary personality challenges. In-depth personality, environmental, observations and research with multiple premises of foundational acting and movement training towards performance preparation and execution.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Apply strategies of detailed background research into character portrayal preparation.
  2. Actively interpret the correlation between the psychological conditions of specific human beings with the layered aspects of physicalization in portrayal.
  3. Empathize with multiple circumstances and cultural backgrounds (both pocket and expansive) as they relate to the respective paths of choice and action individuals take.
  4. Explore multiple methods of physicalization varieties and theories as they apply to constructing an committed, embodied performance.
    1. Marry all elements of psychological background research, interpretive imagination and physical embodiment into performance.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Clothing suitable for rehearsal work. A flexible, open-space classroom. Rehearsal furniture and props. Video recording and playback equipment. Tutorial support for student scene work.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Analysis and application of individual strategies beneficial in expanding characterization possibilities. (Lec)
    1. Assessing multiple research sources with literal, pragmatic and imagination sparking potential as they relate to characterization specifics when preparing and portrayting characters offering extraordinary actor demands beyond basic interaction.
      1. Personality traits.
      2. External influences.
      3. Environmental circumstances/universe of the character.
      4. Disability, malady, affliction or addiction of prescribed persons.
  2. Synthesizing the specific background research elements into tangible, embodied actor choices and the development thereof.
    1. Organizing information and discoveries for initiation of incorporation. (Lec)
    2. Guided self study. (Lab)
    3. Reinforcing development through group inclusive observational feedback. (Lec)
  3. Analyze influences of multiple points of view from diverse sources in assessing the foundations by which human being shape values and perspectives of both self and world, leading to motivated choices as interpreted by text scrutiny. (Lec)
  4. Comprehensive unification of above described premises into prepared studio performance. (Lab)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluation of student scenes, improvisations and acting projects.
  2. Demonstration of theory and techniques acquired, depth of dramatic characterization, consistency of vocal and bodily execution through prepared performance.
  3. Written assignments--journal of research and imagination application as it relates to performance preparation. Presentation project preparation.
  4. Demonstrated skill enhancement in utilizing prescribed lab participation.
  5. Oral Presentation
Representative Text(s) -
Play scripts appropriately representative of the prescribed genre(s) suited to individual student needs selected by the instructor.

Disciplines -
Theatre Arts
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration.
Through structured lecture, teacher demonstrations and guided student rehearsal, the student will explore and apply the techniques of study to formal performance work. Students will actively, practically develop an enhancement of a personally developed acting process through exposure to the listed outline topics.
Lab Content -
  1. Cooperative rehearsal of class assignments and projects.
  2. Individual and partner exploration and self-analysis of concepts and exercises introduced in class.
  3. Attend live performances.
  4. View and study media materials.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Read assigned individual and/or class scripts.
  2. Write personal research/reflection journal.
  3. Write live performance critique.
  4. Research character background.
  5. Oral presentation preparation outline.